We’ve been to Camotes Islands more than a few times but I’ve only decided to make a report now. The Cebu island destination is dear to our hearts as Ivan and I came here sometime in 2009 way before Kai arrived in this world. The kids have been here twice and we just love it as a family destination. The gorgeous beach, peaceful provincial vibe and the convenience to get to your hotel are reasons to love Camotes.
Speaking of convenience, we’re glad that our recent visit to the island, which was in June to celebrate our anniversary, didn’t require us to wake up early in the morning to catch the ferry. We booked our ticket at the new Robinson’s Island Central Mall and the establishment also offers a free bus ride to the dock. Yes, there’s a ferry wharf for Camotes Islands in Lapu-Lapu City!
It’s more convenient, for us at least, since we don’t have to let the kids wake up so early, and there’s no long queue at the ticket office. It’s basically not a busy pier.
And since it’s a fairly new wharf we also got on a new vessel from Jomalia Shipping, which means it’s clean!
How To Get To Camotes with Kids via Jomalia Shipping (Mactan wharf)
– get to Robinson’s Island Central Mall in Mactan (just across Marina Mall)
– a free shuttle will take you to the port, just beside the Cebu Yacht Club (it’s also a walking distance)
– fast craft docks at Consuelo port, Camotes.
Jomalia Shipping ticket price and ferry schedule:
– Cebu (via Mactan) to Camotes route offers daily trips at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
– Camotes to Cebu route offers daily trips at 7 a.m. and 1 p.m.
– P350 per pax (Kids below 2 years old are free-of-charge! Hurray for our toddler!)
When in Camotes
I’ll go more into the details of our second trip to Camotes with kids since we took the ferry from Mactan. Once we arrived at Consuelo port, we went straight outside where a lot of tricycles bound for Santiago Bay Resort (where we’re staying), in San Francisco, Cebu, are lining up so you can just pick any of them. The fare to get to the resort is P50/head. It’s about a 30-minute tricycle ride.
We arrived at past 10 a.m. and we booked the good-for-two air-conditioned Oceanview room at Php 1,700 per night. It’s rather small but just the right room size for the four of us. Plus, it’s got a great view of the beach and two infinity pools!
Here are the Santiago Bay Resort room rates from iLink:
*Rates may change without prior notice.
- Standard Non-Aircon – PhP 1,000 nett good for two (2)
- Standard Aircon – PhP 1,500 nett good for two (2)
- Oceanview – PhP 1,700 nett good for two (2)
- Oceanview Family – PhP 2,800 nett good for four (4)
- Beachview – PhP 2,600 nett good for two (2)
- Bayview Family – PhP 2,600 nett good for three (3)
- Villa Standard – PhP 2,500 nett good for three (3)
- Villa Family – PhP 5,000 nett good for five (5)
- Bungalow – PhP 3,000 nett good for three (3)
Breakfast is not included when you book a room, but you can simply go to the resort’s restaurant and order from there.
Breakfast meals are priced around P200+/person.
And you get to enjoy this lovely view while eating.
When the tide is low, you can just go down the beach and to the left is Pito’s Sutukil, a food place run by a man we only know by the name of “Go.”
Eight years ago, when we visited Camotes with kids, Pito’s was just a small food shop and he would offer you fresh catch from the sea. Prices for food vary between Php90 to Php300.
Monstrous coconut crab!
Ice cream after lunch at Pito’s Sutukil!
Met this adorable fella while eating our lunch.
Today, he runs his own van-for-hire business and his restaurant definitely has improved. It’s good to note that your food may take time to be served since they’ll be cooking fresh dishes. It’s definitely worth the wait when you’re in Camotes with kids tagged along.
Fun at the beach!
We stayed in Camotes for two days and it’s all about the beach for the kids. Both of them love going for a swim and Kai just enjoys playing in the powdery white sand since we brought his toys along. We left from Santiago Bay Resort at around 11:30 a.m. so we can catch the ferry, which leaves at 1 p.m.
Tip: Get the number of the tricycle driver who drove you to your hotel so you can ask him to pick you up once you’re ready to leave the island.
If you want a leisure beach vacation in Cebu, Philippines, Camotes is the place you need to check out. What do you think of Camotes? Hit the comments section below!